Kate officially joined the TART staff in December 2015 as Marketing & Event Coordinator after serving two years as an AmeriCorps VISTA member. She began as a volunteer teaching bicycle and pedestrian safety at local elementary schools, assisted with snow removal efforts and organized special events such as Smart Commute Week. Kate’s current responsibilities at TART include managing all digital content and coordinating special events. When not in the office you can find her cycling, kayaking or hiking with her fiancé Casey and their springer spaniel Herbie.
Chris was born and raised in Traverse City. After college and several years working away he was fortunate enough to return to Traverse in 2006 with his wife and son. Chris is responsible for the development and management of trail planning, local partnerships and maintenance
efforts at TART. His work experience includes over fifteen years of environmental planning and resource management projects throughout Michigan. Contributing to efforts for non-motorized transportation and local connections is a top priority of his and one he is excited to work on with local partners. Away from work, he can often be found biking, cross country skiing or kayaking.
I moved to Traverse City a year ago after falling in love with the area when my son Pete, and daughter in law, Anna became TCAPS employees seven years ago. I had taught college prep and advanced placement physics at Rochester Adams High School for 25 years. During my tenure as a teacher I held a Physics Olympics Competition. Each year we had a theme. My favorite was “Use the Force”. Our first was superheroes, you can see my costume as the Super Nerdmeister. My husband Paul, and I raised 2 boys in southwest Michigan. Paul is a software product designer for Autodesk and works remotely from Traverse City. My son Nick, is a landscape architect based in Flagstaff Arizona. To make the move I retired from teaching, moved my parents to their own home in Traverse City and began a new life of care taking for my parents. Once things were settled I began volunteering at the TART office and have been grateful to meet caring and committed staff and volunteers in the TART community. One of my responsibilities at the TART has been to create this communication and track trail ambassador contributions.
Don Cunkle is the founder and tireless program coordinator of Recycle-A-Bicycle. Since the program’s beginning in 2007, Don has collected, repaired and distributed more than 800 bicycles throughout the community. In 2010, the program merged with TART Trails while maintaining its partnerships with Goodwill, Cherry Capital Cycling Club, Father Fred, Child & Family Services, Women’s Resource Center and other community organizations. In June 2011, the program hosted Traverse City’s first bicycle swap as a fundraiser. The event was an overwhelming success and provided new homes to more than 200 used bicycles. Don’s passion and enthusiasm for the program keeps Recycle-A-Bicycle’s wheels in constant motion. (photo credit: Sustainable TC)
Deb joined TART in November 2010. She is responsible for the general operations of the office and coordinating volunteer activities. Deb served on the VASA board for six years. She and her husband, Steve, are very active with cycling and cross-country skiing and enjoy using the TART trails throughout the year.
Pam joined the TART staff in November of 2008. Prior to that she served on TART’s transportation initiatives committee as the Cherry Capital Cycling Club’s alternative transportation director. Pam holds a degree in recreation from the University of Colorado – Boulder and is responsible for all of TART’s fundraising. A resident of the area for over twenty years; she lives in the Central neighborhood with her son and their black Lab. They enjoy being able to walk and bike to work and activities year around.
Julie is responsible for day-to-day administration, trail planning and development, maintenance, and fundraising efforts. She most recently led Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation’s Greenway Planning & Development Division in Charlotte, North Carolina where she was responsible for the design and development of over 35 miles of urban trail. Julie, her husband Bill and two little girls live near downtown Traverse City and use the TART Trail system for work and play.
Brian joined our staff in the fall of 2014 after having served on the TART Board for five years prior. He has more than a decade of experience in non-profit program management and has a passion for trails and trail use. In his spare time, you can often find him riding his bike with friends skiing the VASA trail.